About Charlotte Lit

Charlotte Center for Literary Arts, Inc.—”Charlotte Lit”—is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts center dedicated to elevating and celebrating the literary arts in our community.

Charlotte Lit was formed in August 2015 by writers Kathie Collins and Paul Reali (who jointly serve as the organization’s executive director) and began offering programming in February 2016.

Our Mission

Human beings are storytellers. The impulse to find meaning in and weave narrative from life experience is the foundation of all art. It’s the way we understand ourselves and one another, and a vibrant literary arts community increases that capacity to engage and understand.

Who We Are: Charlotte Lit is our community’s center for engaging with and studying the literary arts. We provide a physical space—our Plaza Midwood studio—where people gather, teach, learn, and create. And we are a virtual community hub where people can discover local literary events and connect with literature and each other.

Our Mission: Engagement. Education. Elevation.

We equip community members to more deeply engage with literature in all its forms—from oral storytelling to short stories, from poetry to plays, from memoir to novels. We educate through classes, labs, and explorations. And we elevate the literary arts in Charlotte’s arts landscape by bringing community members together to celebrate the written word.

What We Do: We’re all about the words.

Craft Classes

Do you have a story to tell? Whatever your level of writing experience or preferred format, we have writing classes to help you practice and improve your craft, taught by the area’s best teachers.

Community Conversations

Do you long for a community of people with whom you can talk about that awesome best-seller, have a deep, soul-stirring conversation about the heart of a poem, or engage in truly civil discourse about society’s greatest challenges? Whether you’re looking for a book chat, a theme-based author reading and group discussion, or a deep-dive into poem, you can find your people at Charlotte Lit.

Explorations in Creativity and Culture

You don’t have to be a published writer, or even a budding writer, to engage with words. We have classes and offerings that engage other methods of storytelling—from visual journaling to film studies, from the soul of the poem to the archetypes of the collective unconscious—that can help you sharpen your creative edge. Whether you’re a published writer or someone just discovering the joys of reading, Charlotte Lit has tools and programming that will expand and deepen your relationship with the written word and bring you into a circle of community members seeking the kind of respectful, literature-based conversations that can help us to “write a stronger Charlotte.”

Our Co-Founders

Kathie Collins
Charlotte Lit Co-Founder, Co-Executive Director
Poet & Mythologist

Kathie Collins, Ph.D., co-founder of Charlotte Center for Literary Arts, earned her graduate degree in Mythological Studies with an emphasis in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute, where she is currently an adjunct professor. A poet and lifelong student of Jungian psychology, Kathie thrives in the in-between space from which dreams and creativity emerge. She’s happiest when she can share that space with others and one of her great passions is bringing words and people together for transformative conversations. Kathie’s poetry has appeared in Immanence, Kakalak, BibleWorkbench, and Between. Her chapbook Jubilee was published by Main Street Rag in 2011.


Paul Reali
Charlotte Lit Co-Founder, Co-Executive Director
Writer, Editor, Coach, Instructor

Paul Reali, co-founder of Charlotte Lit, is the co-author of Creativity Rising: Creative Thinking and Creative Problem Solving in the 21st Century. His work has been published in the Winston-Salem Journal, InSpine, Office Solutions, Lawyers Weekly, and others. His fiction has been awarded first place in the Elizabeth Simpson Smith and Ruth Moose Flash Fiction competitions, and he received a Regional Artist Project Grant from Charlotte’s Arts & Science Council in 2018. Paul has an M.S. in Creativity from the International Center for Studies in Creativity at SUNY Buffalo State, where he also is an adjunct instructor and the managing editor of ICSC Press. Paul has been a trainer and facilitator for more than 25 years, in the areas of creativity, innovation, and business and writing skills.

paul@charlottelit.org | paulreali.com

Our Studio

Charlotte Lit
1817 Central Avenue, Suite 302
(In the Midwood International & Cultural Center)
Charlotte, NC 28205

We Are Open: Tuesday-Thursday 10 am – 3 pm

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Phone: 704-315-2131
General e-mail: admin@charlottelit.org

Twitter: @CLTLIT
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cltlit
Instagram: charlottelit

Parking & Entry

On the left side of the building is a large lot; there is usually ample parking there. If needed, there is an alternate lot on the opposite side of the building, and street parking on Hamorton. Wherever you park, we recommend you walk to the Charlotte Lit entrance; it’s easy to get lost in the building if you use another door. To find it, walk into the main parking lot on the left side of the building (if you see The Light Factory sign, you’re in the correct lot). Find the gray door to the left of The Light Factory entrance (our name is on the directory sign in front of that door): that’s your entrance. Enter there, then walk up to the top floor.